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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Drug-free or land of free?

Thank you for making the case for civil forfeiture reform in your recent editorial (“Time for civil-forfeiture reform,” Web, Nov. 17). Right now, police can confiscate cars, cash and homes without charging owners with a crime. Vague allegations of drug trafficking don’t justify turning protectors of the peace into financial predators. The drug war threatens the integrity of a country founded on the concept of limited government.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wilson showed warning signs

Everyone providing a reference for candidates applying to the Montgomery County Police Department must answer this question: Is this the officer you would want to respond to your emergency? Long before his path crossed Michael Brown’s, Darren Wilson was no stranger to the internal affairs department. His previous department was disbanded for excessive brutality, and the Ferguson Police Department considered him a good hire. No one made him “unlearn” what he had been taught.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No immigration amnesty for criminals

President Obama needs to secure our borders. He needs to stop releasing into our country illegals who have committed crimes. It doesn’t matter what kind of crimes; many of these illegals have already been deported a couple of times only to sneak back into America and commit deadly acts. Are these the people Mr. Obama wants to give amnesty to?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama still pushing amnesty agenda

On Jan. 29, 2014, the Obama administration began posting on the Federal Business Opportunities website ads to secure ‘escort service’ contracts for up to 65,000 unaccompanied alien children. By May the situation had reached crisis level and the feds placed a gag order on our border patrol to keep the mess from the public. When asked about the developing humanitarian crisis on the southern border, the administration’s response was that they were just learning about the situation through the media.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Executive order will make real reform harder

Crazy as it may seem, none of the debate about immigration reform focuses on the real issue ("Sen. Jeff Flake says executive action will make further immigration reform difficult," Web, Nov. 23). The primary division between Democrats and Republicans is not whether we treat illegal aliens humanely, but whether we should open our borders to anyone who wants access.

Stop talking, start deporting

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, doesn't get it. Now that the anti-Obama wave has put congressional Republicans front and center, his weak blather of "securing the borders" isn't enough.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Shoot' the lame duck session

Isn't it time that we put the lame-duck congressional session out of its and our misery? Perhaps allowing Congress to go ahead and do its work with some members that have been repudiated by their constituents made some sense with the limitations of travel and information transfer of the 1700s — but it now seems to be a quaint and dangerous anachronism.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Elections show GOP not faulted for shutdown

Republicans should put a stop to the fable that the government shutdown of last year damaged the GOP brand with voters. This is a total concoction of the left-wing media. Even the more "moderate" Republicans have been brainwashed into believing it and have swallowed the line. They're shaking in their boots, saying, "We'll never do that again." Don't they read the election results?